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Crags covered by Kirklees Climbing

Currently the Kirklees Climbing website covers in comprehensive detail the following 9 crags:

The Kirklees area contains no major climbing sites though there are spots suitable for good bouldering plus some worthwhile short routes, and then there's the quarries.....

Holmfirth Edge, with its bouldering and short routes close to the village centre, is described briefly in Jason Myres' Peak Plus - Bouldering in the Peak District Volume II (1995), an On The Edge production. Routes there can be found in the "connoisseur" section of Yorkshire Gritstone, the bumper millennium volume from Dave Musgrove/Yorkshire Mountaineering Club. The Volume 2 of the new YMC Yorkshire Gritstone features most of the bouldering and routes at Cliff in more detail, but not as much detail as here of course. Niall Grimes' country wide guide - Boulder Britain gives a taster of the crag showing some problems on the first few buttresses.



Other Crags

The crags below are not covered in any real detail on this site but there is location information and some of the crag pages have details on one or more featured problems or routes that might tempt you into making a visit.

The aim is to eventually detail these crags with an online topo and full descriptions on this site as has been done with Holmfirth Edge for example.

Any information on these crags or details of problems will be gratefully received, see the Contact button at the top right of this page or click here

Eight small crags in the area have also been described, and in more detail, in a locally-produced booklet, the Climbing and Bouldering Guide to Huddersfield, by Paul Perkins and James Barker (1998). This was been revised and updated by Paul in 2002, copies are like gold dust these days.

Pule Hill has short routes which have been described for many years and these can be found in Lancashire Rock, published by the BMC but compiled by Les Aisworth and Dave Cronshaw (1999, is is also described in the BMC's selective volume On Peak Rock by Carl Dawson (1993).

Other small quarries and the much bigger Shooter's Nab quarry can be found in the same volume.

To the north, in nearby Calderdale, well-established bouldering is to be found at West Vale (or Greetland Quarry) and at Woodhouse Scar at Halifax; both these are described in the excellent Rockfax volume entitled Yorkshire Gritstone Bouldering by Alan Cameron-Duff (2000).

The short routes at Woodhouse are covered by the afore mentioned hefty Yorkshire Gritstone by Dave Musgrove/Yorkshire Mountaineering Club (1998).

To the west, only a few fast miles over the Isle of Skye (A635) road, are the crags of Chew Valley. These are covered in the excellent new BMC Over the Moors Guide and the older BMC Moorland Gritstone: Chew Valley by Chris Hardy and Carl Dawson (1988). On Peak Rock also covers most of these crags. An excellent online resource also exists at http://chewvalley.bravehost.com/

 

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